Growing up a child of parents in the entertainment industry, (His father is the Emmy award-winning writer and director, Gordon Bressack, and his mom Ellen Gerstell is an actors.) James Cullen Bressack has always had the desire to create. It started with short films that he would often attempt to hand into his teachers in lieu of written assignments, and turned to feature length films into adulthood. With each endeavor, James grows, learns and attempts something new. Each film is artistically different, but all have a social commentary, intensity and sense of diligence that has become his characteristic.
The meat and potatoes of roughies always started with WATERPOWER and FORCED ENTRY. They became the stuff of great discussion and legendary in their own right as cult horror and exploitation films. Equally colorful is Shaun Costello, the porn star/director behind these films who is the very hallmark of the quintessential 70’s New Yorker.
Richard Stanley is an artist in every sense. We are fortunate to have a glimpse into his vision of a bizarre yet beautiful otherworld where he exists on a daily basis. Brilliant, abstract and child-like in wonderment, he offers a new perspective on reality.
Rarely will you encounter an artist who is so extraordinarily open and completely original. Richard Anasky is a producer, writer and director seemingly teleported from the 70’s, and he personifies independent film. With psychedelic colors, quirky humor, subliminal messages, and hippy soundtracks with overtones of doom, Anasky’s work is unmistakable.
Talking to Sean Donohue was refreshing. Not only is he fed up with film censorship for the purpose of distribution, he’s joining a growing trend of filmmakers doing something about it. He’s self-distributing. And now he is also distributing the horror films of others. One thing he will guarantee; he will never, ever distribute a PG-13 chopped-up abomination. Sean is a champion of the integrity of a film the way the director intends it to be seen, and he is raising his voice loud.
Pure unbridled passion and drive are the fire inside Michael S. Rodriguez. His personal inferno fuels this ambition. While many have tried to extinguish his dream, repeatedly he perseveres, and he does so on his own terms. This photographer turned filmmaker is taking control, and he’s got something to say.
As I wrote in my review after seeing the documentary, DE PALMA (2015), there is nothing like the undeniable, unbridled, unmitigated joy of sitting ‘at the feet’ of a true master who tells everything like it is, with no fucks left to give. No one to please, appease or be wary of, in the dysfunctional, codependent relationship between an artist trying to do his thing and the financiers who make it possible, conditionally speaking. I was...
James Bickert is that brilliant powerhouse who inadvertently created his own brand of drive-in bikersploitation. And the look, feel and tone are unmistakable. With films like DEAR GOD NO! (2011) and FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS (2016) he’s captured the minds and hearts of independent film fans and critics alike.
Known for his graphic and disturbing horror films, ROT (1999), FELL (2010), 100 TEARS (2007), and AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK (2015), plus close to 100 SFX credits in films that span about two decades, award-winning SFX artist, owner of Oddtopsy FX and director, Marcus Koch thrives on his continuous and rewarding work. Meticulous and painstakingly accurate with his prosthetics and appliances, Marcus Koch welcomes new challenges and is both an authority on SFX and master of his craft.
Kicking down boundaries and pushing us to our limits is all in a day’s work for maverick author, producer, director and businessman Stephen Biro. If you recognize titles like GINI PIGGU (1985), PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE (2008), AFTERMATH (1994), 1-ICHI (2003), RUBBER’S LOVER (1996), SLAUGHTERED VOMIT DOLLS (2006) or FRANKENHOOKER (1990), you can thank Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films for getting them to you. Stephen is also the powerhouse behind the now iconic AMERICAN GUINEA PIG films.